'American Horror Story': Murder House's previous owner gets sued on claims of property being haunted
The buyers claimed that the previous owner failed to disclose the site had become a 'macabre tourist attraction' for AHS fans
The current owners of the famed Murder House in 'American Horror Story' are suing its previous owner over claims that the house is haunted, reported Digital Spy.
The previous owner of the house, Greta Von Steinbauer in 2011 leased the house to the producers of the 'American Horror Story' and in 2015, decided to sell the house. The house built in the early 1900s is called Rosenheim mansion after its architect Alfred Rosenheim and it was sold for $3.2 million to Ernst Von Schwartz and Pier A. Oakenfeld. Both parties were represented by the same pair of Coldwell Banker realtors, Stephen Apelian and Joyce Rey, stated the report.
After being featured in the FX's anthology, the house had created a buzz among fans and there have been many attempts of breaking in. The buyers claimed that the previous owner failed to disclose the site had become a "macabre tourist attraction" for AHS fans and that they hadn't completed the repair works for the property. However, the defendants argue that the buyers were informed about the "significant deterioration and decay".
The house was once available to rent on Airbnb before it went under the hammer. The house, which served as a central part for the FX show's first season, has also been used as a shooting location for the likes of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' and 'The X-Files'. Fans had been given the opportunity to actually stay in the Alfred Rosenheim Mansion thanks to Airbnb - though it has since been removed from the listings.
According to Variety, the house can accommodate over 16 people, with nine bedrooms and five bathrooms, altogether costing you a modest $1450 (£1006) per night. However, you can understand the mansion's value given it is a cultural and historic landmark in Los Angeles, having been built in 1908.
In the latest development, the realtor, Coldwell Banker, claimed that it is shielded from liability as the brokers were unaware that the house was allegedly haunted or "afflicted by nuisance conditions", according to Hollywood Reporter's report.
Such incidents are not new for the properties that garner attention after being an element in a show or a film. The owners of Walter White's Albuquerque home from 'Breaking Bad' had to put up an iron fence to keep fans out of the property. Although we wonder whether part of the house being "afflicted by nuisance conditions" is actually true, if it is, the house will be a hotbed for AHS fans.
The Murder House appeared in the first season of the show, as well as 'Roanoke', 'Hotel' and the current season, 'Apocalypse'.